[A] quietly powerful but dispiriting documentary, which compares the world's oldest profession as practiced from place to place.
Stephen Holden - New York Times
"Whores' Glory" takes a deadpan, nonjudgmental approach, which generally works well, even if the fly-on-the-wall technique makes clear that what attracts flies usually stinks.
Michael O'Sullivan - Washington Post
Glawogger has the good sense mostly to stay out of the way and let the material speak for itself.
Mark Feeney - Boston Globe
Whores' Glory demystifies trick turning with a bluntness and sneaky artistry that's sure to make even the most jaded of us choke on our next sitcom-hooker-joke chuckle.
Mark Holcomb - Village Voice
Austrian documentarian Michael Glawogger takes his cameras to three red-light districts around the world, and finds life is miserable for the women who work in the world's oldest profession - and for the men who pay cash for sex.
V.A. Musetto - New York Post
A daring, novelistic and unforgettable account of the real lives of female prostitutes in three very different countries and social contexts.
Andrew O'Hehir - Salon.com
Glawogger works hard at being objective and dispassionate and unsentimental, but he's clearly on the side of the working girls, and horrified by their salivating johns.
Gerald Peary - Boston Phoenix
The hopelessness of (the prostitute's) situation sometimes infests Glawogger's film, making it all seem pointlessly depressing at times, but it is a powerful work nevertheless.
Simon Foster - Screen-Space
We pass through the eye of the needle and learn how the world works, for better or worse.
Kelly Vance - East Bay Express
To experience it is to be haunted by the bleakness and ugliness of prostitution, the hopeless trap of it, and the defeat of love that it represents.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
The film's break from the usual earnest, stat-filled expose is a large part of its appeal, and Glawogger's attention to color and composition don't diminish the quality of the testimony or dip into raw exploitation.
Scott Tobias - AV Club
Whatever qualms there may be, it's never less than compelling: entirely atmospheric, vulgar, and boundary bursting.
Kent Turner - Film-Forward.com
Like a stroll through Amsterdam's red-light district at night. It's an experience far more sad than sexy.
Tom Keogh - Seattle Times
Wallops its points across with stunning, sickening effectiveness.
David Fear - Time Out New York
To combine stories of exploited Third World women with feisty songs by female Anglo-American rockers is to flirt with glamorization.
Mark Jenkins - NPR
While the director does make overtures in the wrong directions, he usually seems to know where to steer his material.
Jesse Cataldo - Slant Magazine
A boundary-breaking documentary about the world's oldest profession as seen in three cities.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
One of the more problematic aspects of Glawogger's film is that he seems as interested in the aesthetics of global prostitution as he is in the lives of the women involved therein.
Andrew Schenker - House Next Door